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My fellow Jamaicans: A year ago my administration assumed office, propelled by the hopes and aspirations of a nation that wanted a new type of governance characterized by humility, honesty, inclusiveness, respect and trust. We came to office at a difficult time on the platform of people power, and I have never allowed that to escape my mind.   Our record over the year has not been perfect, but it has been persistent. We have restored trust; brought back respect and decency to governance while making important progress in some key areas.
The Prime Minister announced the achievements in a national broadcast on Sunday, January 6. “We successfully reduced the rate of murders, shootings, robberies and sexual offences. There was an 18 per cent increase in the recovery of firearms and a 14 per cent increase in the recovery of ammunition,” she said. As it relates to job creation, Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that over 17,000 persons were employed under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) as at July last year, surpassing the Phase One target of 5,000 persons.
Rosedale, NY: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently announced that a special, non-partisan election will be held in the 31st Council District on February 19, 2013 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member James Sanders, Jr., who has accepted a seat in the New York State Senate. The newly elected Council Member will serve until December 31, 2013.
State Representative Daphne Campbell (D) Ranking Member of Local & Federal Affairs Committee, out of frustration over the number of complaints she has received from constituents concerning the red light cameras, filed House Bill 91 calling for the removal of the traffic infraction detectors. Representative Campbell stated when our senior citizens receive a ticket in the mail, they have to decide whether to pay that ticket or pay for their medication(s) that they really need. If they do not pay for the ticket(s), their license may be suspended. Many of these senior citizens do not have anyone to take them to a doctor's appointment or to pick-up their medication(s). Having their license suspended would cause a bigger problem for them. However the cost of these tickets could be from $158 to over $200 and increase as long as the ticket is not paid.